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Mar 302013
Rehabilitation of a Serious Canine MCL Injury!

Recovery from a serious soft tissue injury, such as a ligament tear/strain, or maybe a meniscus tear can be a long process, but in some cases using rest and slow rehabilitation without surgical intervention is much better than the surgical alternative. Recently a study in people demonstrated the long term process can be better in fact than using a surgical procedure. In some cases it is easy to get through a minor injury, but on the other hand there is a lot [More…]

Feb 112013
Wanna Play? Play Fighting is Constant Communication

Wanna Play? Poke, poke, poke! Stevie Ray being prodded into play fighting with her pup Joey. So cool to watch him as he pokes her pretty hard with his nose, attempting to goad her into a game. Down he goes immediately to his back, tail wagging an scratching it as he wiggles about exposing his neck and chest to Stevie Ray. He is so gentle with her, giving her absolute control. He even knows he needs to be gentle and is far [More…]

Apr 212012
Calming Jimmi Part 2: Why Calm Reassurance and Support are Critical Skills for Canine Guardians

The value of being able to calm my anxious dog Jimmi, was far more important last Saturday than it was a few weeks ago during our dog agility trial in Kelowna. That was a voluntary exposure to stress; at least it was my choice to put that pressure on her and a very good reason to know the result of that pressure and to help her deal with it as part of my responsibility. In this case; however, it seems she had [More…]

Apr 102012
Bullseye Performance - Calming Jimmi

After 2 days in a strange city, living in a strange house and playing in a strange yard with all kinds of wonderful new farm animals to see and also playing agility in a new barn on equipment she has never seen led Jimmi to be a tad excited on day 2 of our first CKC trial (2nd trial in total).  Jimmi was vibrating; literally shaking with excitement when I took her out for our last run of a 2-day trial weekend. [More…]

Mar 202012
Dog Agility Contact Obstacle Criteria for Bullseye Performance:  Part2; The Teeter

Teeter Criteria: The ultimate goal is to have my dogs get on the teeter straight on always, no matter what the course might dictate as the actual approach; drive to the very end as hard and fast as they can without hesitation into a crouch as they go past the pivot, until the teeter hits the ground, then release straight forward once on the ground. No leaving before it hits. No sideways motion.  In the case of the teeter I may choose [More…]

Mar 182012
Dog Agility Contact Obstacle Criteria for Bullseye Performance:  Part 1; Common Ground

One simple rule that applies to the performance of all obstacles for all of my dogs is that it is my dog’s job to recognize and perform any obstacle that I have placed in their path, according to how they have been trained to do so, from the instant their focus is placed on the obstacle until they have completed it.  I can and do assume that my dogs are fully intelligent enough to look ahead; recognize and perform all obstacles and [More…]

Jan 122012
Dog Agility this weekend: January 14th &15th, 2012

What We are doing: -1 Starters Gamblers run each day indoors for both Jimmi and Joey, first thing in the morning both days. -Our ultimate goal is to have fun and practice and for them to gain confidence as a result. Overall: -First; I am ecstatic about how well my pups are doing considering the interruptions in my life since the summer of 2010. -They have endured long periods without training on many occasions. -They have yet to trial and they are [More…]